Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Michigan's Recruiting Class (So Far)

Hey Big Ten fans, with National signing day coming to a close, we have learned a few things and found out where some big name players are going. The one thing we have not learned is where Terrell Pryor is going, and who knows when and where he will end up.

According to (Michigan's official website) this is where the 2008 recruiting class stands:

PlayerPos.Ht.Wt.Hometown (High School)
Ricky BarnumOL6-2265Lakeland, Fla. (Lake Gibson)
Boubacar CissokoDB5-9175Detroit, Mich. (Cass Technical)
Mike CoxRB6-0206Dorchester, Conn. (Avon Old Farms)
Justin FeaginQB6-0190Deerfield, Fla. (American Heritage)
J.B. FitzgeraldLB6-3230Princeton Junction, N.J. (West Windsor Plainsboro)
J.T. FloydDB6-0190Greenville, S.C. (J.L. Mann)
Taylor HillLB6-2205Youngstown, Ohio (Cardinal Mooney)
Rocko KhouryOL6-5280Traverse City, Mich. (Traverse City West)
Kevin KogerTE6-4220Toledo, Ohio (Whitmer)
Mike MartinDL6-2285Redford, Mich. (Catholic Central)
Elliott MealerOL6-6280Wauseon, Ohio (Wauseon)
Brandon MooreTE6-6221Trotwood, Ohio (Trotwood-Madison)
Patrick OmamehOL6-4260Columbus, Ohio (St. Francis DeSales)
Dann O'NeillOL6-7295Grand Haven, Mich. (Grand Haven)
Terrence RobinsonATH5-9170Klein, Texas (Oak)
Roy RoundtreeWR6-0154Trotwood, Ohio (Trotwood-Madison)
Michael ShawATH6-0185Trotwood, Ohio (Trotwood-Madison)
Brandon SmithDB6-3210New Brunswick, N.J. (New Brunswick)
Darryl StonumWR6-3185Stafford, Texas (Dulles)
Kurt WermersOL6-5260Crown Point, Ind. (Crown Point)
Marcus WitherspoonLB6-2225Atlantic City, N.J. (Holy Spirit)

That stands at 21 commits. Missing are Kenny Demens a LB, he had a funeral today and just has not been able to fax in his LOI. Long Snapper George Morales has not sent his LOI in yet, there is some speculation that he may grayshirt so his Scholarship doesn't count for this semester. Michigan will not have to worry about these two players wavering.

Obviously one big Michigan verbal commit is missing from that list, Youtube sensation RB Sam McGuffie. There have been rumors that McGuffie is also now looking at Cal and TAMU. The speculation is that he will in the end be at Michigan, but there is some need for concern. For what its worth Tom Beaver (recruiting guru) thinks McGuffie will end up a wolverine.

Of course Terrelle Pryor is not on that list, nor is he on anyone's list. Will he end up at UM? My guess is no, I really think PSU is coming on strong and that Pryor will either end up in Happy Valley or in Columbus. Michigan fans would be much happier with Pryor not going to Michigan as long as he doesn't end up at OSU.

Thats all for now, but once McGuffie situation gets sorted out, and the last LOIS get sent in I will provide a much more detailed post analyzing the impact the recruits will have on the 2008 season.

-JHS, Michigan correspondent

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Is this thing on?

Sorry for the serious lack of posts lately, but it was a very busy weekend and this is a huge week.

Starting Wednesday, expect a tsunami of recruiting-themed posts. Stay tuned.

Friday, February 1, 2008

And down the stretch they come..

With signing day less than a week away I thought I'd take a look at the handful of prospects Ohio State is still in the running for.

Terrelle Pryor - Jeanette PA (QB) - Not many people have heard of this 6'6" quarterback from Western Pennsylvania but some experts say he's pretty good, even drawing comparisons to Vince Young. While he's still considering Ohio State, Michigan, Oregon and Penn State it likely comes down to the Buckeyes and Wolverines. While Michigan offers immediately playing time in the end I believe he winds up in Columbus because of his relationship with several Buckeye recruits, his comfort level with the Ohio State coaching staff and the chance to run a more pass oriented offense.

Keith Wells - Gainesville GA (DE) - The Buckeyes have done well in Georgia the last few years landing safety Anderson Russell, quarterback Antonio Henton and defensive lineman Cameron Heyward. Tennessee and Ohio State are in Wells' top 2 and he's scheduled to make an official visit to Notre Dame this weekend. Wells speaks glowingly of Jim Tressel and he's aware of Ohio State's need for defensive ends. His speed would be a great asset to a Buckeye defense looking to replace future 1st round draft pick Vernon Gholston. In the end I believe Wells chooses the Buckeyes.

Josh Jenkins - Parkersburg WV (OG) - A one time West Virginia verbal commitment for some time now Jenkins has been thought to be the final piece of "Block O" along with fellow offensive linemen Mike Brewster, Mike Adams and JB Shugarts. Jenkins gave high marks to Florida State after a recent official visit and has a great relationship with former Mountaineer and current FSU O-line coach Rick Trickett. West Virginia is still a contender and the Mountaineers and Noles have more favorable depth charts. It's anyone's guess where Jenkins ends up however I don't think it will be Columbus.

Brandon Harris - Miami FL (CB) - Harris is one of the better corners in the country. While he had a very nice official visit to Columbus earlier in the year and says he's still considering the Buckeyes most people feel like he stays home and plays for the hometown Hurricanes. I don't disagree.

Orhian Johnson - Gulfport (FL) (ATH) - Johnson has visited Ohio State, Indiana and South Florida. While he could end up on either side of the ball the Buckeye staff has stated they would like him to play DB in Columbus. There was a question about whether Johnson had an official offer but a recent in-home visit from Jim Tressel erased any doubt. In the end I believe he stays in state and plays for the USF Bulls.

Most recruiting services list Ohio State's class somewhere among the top 10 in the nation. If the Buckeyes don't land any of these remaining prospects they will still have a great 2008 class. Sprinkle in talents like Terrelle Pryor and Keith Wells they will make a run for the top spot in the nation.

Go Bucks!

-KB, Ohio State correspondent